Fed up after the latest unnecessary shooting of a black man by police in the United States, NBA players are using their platform to try and keep the nation’s attention on racial injustice by cancelling this week’s playoff games. Although the Knicks are not in the bubble, many players signaled support for their brothers in basketball. Good for them!
The NBA playoffs were going smoothly up until this week, but then 29-year-old Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin while he was reaching into his car. The whole thing was caught on video, and the incident sparked a round of back and forth that we’ve become far too used to in this country.
Other teams followed suit, and by Wednesday evening we were being told that the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers had voted not to finish the postseason. Currently, it seems like basketball will be back sooner than later, but the message has still been delivered. Depending on who you are, you either saw everything as noble or annoying. Do yourself a favor and be on the right side of this.
The Knicks, as an organization, wasted no time putting out a statement in support of the player strike. Even if it was just to avoid public scrutiny, it’s nice that we won’t be holding days of discussions wondering if and when the Knicks will say something.
The NBA also wasted no time taking some kind of action, saying on Friday that every available arena will be converted into a voting center for the upcoming election in November.
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Madison Square Garden is excited to support our community by partnering with NYC Board of Elections to serve as a polling site for residents to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming general election. For more info on early voting and general election poll site locations, visit the link in our bio.
When it comes to the players that currently make up the Knicks roster, there was plenty of online support for their brethren. Let’s see how some of our favorite Knicks showed solidarity with their NBA peers.
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Figured the times were appropriate for a quick story pic.twitter.com/WhMVdoQnBU— Maurice Harkless (@moe_harkless) August 26, 2020